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Kildare > Arts > Mick Hanly at Riverbank

Mick Hanly

Folk Singer/Songwriter

Riverbank Arts Centre Newbridge
Thursday 11th September
8.00pm (Tickets €12 / €10)
Booking 045 448333

Riverbank Arts Centre is host to the talents of the renowned singer-songwriter, Mick Hanly on Thursday 11th of September.

Hanly has conducted a love affair with music since he was a teenage boy, struggling to master three basic chords on his guitar. At that time, the possibility and probability of seeing his name in the American Top Ten charts must have seemed a remote and unlikely eventuality.

Thirty years on, however, that dream has come true for the Irish singer-songwriter. One of his songs, ‘Past the Point of Rescue (as performed by Nashville country star, Hal Ketchum) stormed the US charts in recent years. The Gold Disc for Mick could only reaffirm the already huge popularity of that same song in his home country.

Mick Hanly was born into a music loving family in Limerick. The ‘50s and ‘60s introduced him to a wide variety of musical influences, from Rock ‘n’ Roll and the Beatles to traditional Irish and folk music. During the ‘70s and ‘80s he was a member of folk bands, Monroe and Moving Hearts, but he also performed with a wide range of Irish traditional musicians, such as Paddy Glackin, Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny and Declan Sinnott.

Moving Hearts members went their separate ways in 1985, and Mick Hanly found himself and his acoustic guitar back on the solo circuit, but with a fresh approach and a spring in his step. Since then, he has been busy performing, recording and writing new songs, such as ‘My Love is in America’, another big favourite with Irish audiences.

Mick Hanly is, along with Jimmy McCarthy, Noel Brazil and Donagh Long, one of the truly great Irish songwriters to emerge in recent years. It is a greatness which is being fast recognised both here and abroad. Experience some of his vocal powers and lyrical skills at the Riverbank Arts Centre - it will be something to remember!

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